GOP AG candidate drops out of race

Rep. Mark Waller, one of two Republican candidates for attorney general, dropped out of the race today, throwing his support behind the remaining GOP candidate, Cynthia Coffman.

Waller, a Republican from Colorado Springs, barely made the ballot at the Colorado Republican Party Assembly earlier this month, eking out just 30.7 percent of the delegates. He needed 30 percent to make the ballot.

Waller said he made the decision to drop out to help unify the party.

“After much thought and prayer, Jennifer and I believe the best decision moving forward is to step aside and clear the way for Cynthia Coffman. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to promote the need for a constitutional conservative to serve as our next attorney general,” Waller said in a statement.

“I am now confident that Cynthia, as the last line of defense against an overreaching federal government, is committed to promoting our conservative values and protecting our western way of life,” he added.

The leaves Coffman, who has worked as Attorney General John Suthers’ chief deputy his entire 10 years in that office, to face Democrat Don Quick, who worked in the office when former Interior Secretary and Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar held it from 1998 to 2002.


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